According to various studies, players love the social side of bingo just as much as they like winning. So, it seems highly appropriate for United Bingo to have created a site that’s dedicated to online bingo banter - Gossip Bingo. From its party-inspired graphics and grinning winners’ gallery to its lively chat rooms and Linked & Loaded rooms where you can play for huge networked jackpots, it certainly looks like the epitome of fun. We followed the grapevine down to the site to find out whether it’s just idle gossip or if it truly is the best-kept secret in the world of online bingo.
Gossip Bingo using striking images of players partying their socks off, which certainly makes it look like an appealing place to play. As we’d expect from a member of United Bingo’s network of sites, which includes Ted, Robin Hood, and Moon Bingo, Gossip’s website is well-designed and contains a raft of information without overloading your brain or eyes. There are banners which advertise the attractive welcome offer and jackpot games, a mini slots lobby, a gallery which displays Gossip’s biggest winners over the years, a brief introduction to the brand, and a ‘Latest Wins’ list which handily shows you which games have paid out the biggest amounts rather than the names of the actual winners.
There’s a brief menu which includes Join Now, Promotions, Bingo, Slots, and Jackpots, buttons for ‘Login’ and ‘Join’, and at the very top of the site, you can see how many players are currently online across the network (N.B., it was a very impressive 143,836 last time we visited), as well as the brand’s TrustPilot score which is “Excellent: 9.0”.
Any time of day or night, there’s a team somewhere who can help you. The live chat facility runs 24/7 while the telephone support line is manned between 9 AM and 1 AM daily. You can also send an email to the team, and there are different email addresses listed for account enquiries, promotional enquiries, community enquiries, and VIP enquiries.
When you register an account at Gossip Bingo (even if you don’t add any payment details), you get £10 worth of cards for the daily £1,000 jackpot game.
Plus, when you make your first deposit of £10 or more, you’ll get a 200% bingo bonus and a 200% slots bonus worth up to £80 combined. The bingo bonus comes with 3x wagering requirements while the slots bonus comes with 50x wagering requirements. You also get a free spin on the Gossip Bingo Wheel for a chance to win up to £2,500 extra free.
The other promotions include common United Bingo offers such as the nightly £777 Jackpot, £10,000 Payday Bingo, and Self Made Millionaire, but there are also exclusive deals like Freebie Freddy’s Free Bingo Fun (win up to £45,000 each month while playing free games), Penny Bonanza (win up to £5,000 for just 1p), and Cheap and Cheerful (claim four free strips when you buy twelve for Cheap and Cheerful jackpot games).
Gossip uses 888’s Dragonfish platform to power its games.
The lobby is nicely laid out with themed graphics and a simple tab system that lets you browse the ‘Bingo’, ‘Cheap and Cheerful’, ‘Free’, and ‘Slots and Instants’ games on offer. Most of the rooms are standalone but there are also networked games called Linked and Loaded where you can play for huge prizes against other players belonging to sites on the United Bingo network like Moon Bingo.
The rooms at Gossip are busy, even first thing in the morning, and we encountered several friendly chat hosts including Yannah and Luisa.
There’s a link to Gossip’s Mobile page under the Promotions page, and it gives you the option to download the dedicated Gossip Bingo app for iPhone or iPad devices, or play via www.gossipbingo.com. Because the site uses Dragonfish software, the mobile site is merely a highly optimised version of the desktop site and, therefore, all of your favourite bingo rooms are on offer, as well as every slot, scratch card, and casino game that’s compatible with smartphones and tablets.
There are many indications that Gossip Bingo is eager to support and protect its players as much as possible, such as letting you set your own deposit limits, and using SSL encryption and a secure URL. It’s also fully licensed by the UK Gambling Commission and is certified by eCOGRA. If you’d like to know more, you can locate the Fair Play, Responsible Gaming, and Privacy Policies at the bottom of any page.
90-ball, 75-ball, and 1-line (Speed Bingo) are the bingo variants on offer, and there are many feature games such as 1TG and 2TG.
There are eighteen rooms to choose from (not including the Big Jackpots and Mega Jackpots rooms( such as Share the Love, Access All Areas, Speed, and The Rehab, and bags of jackpot games like Super Millionaire, The Big 10, and Bingo x Multiplier.
The Cheap and Cheerful games cost just 3p per ticket and let you play for £50 jackpot, plus there are six free rooms: 1st Deposit Freebie, Daily Freebie, Bronze VIP, Silver VIP, Gold VIP, and Platinum VIP.
There’s also a well-stocked slots and casino lobby that features a multitude of popular games that range from Foxin’ Wins, Titanic, and Evolution 3 Card Poker to Cleopatra, Deal or No Deal Roulette, and Live Baccarat.
You can choose from a wide range of banking methods including Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Paysafecard, Paypal, Entropay, and Wire Transfer. Currently, Skrill and Neteller are not offered.
Can you deposit as little as £10 and as much as £5,000 per day. The minimum withdrawal amount is £30, which we would be keen to see lowered. Also, because withdrawal requests take 48 hours to process, it takes between three to ten days for your funds to reach you depending on your chosen banking method.
Every player is rewarded with Gossip Coins which can be won by playing chat games and taking part in Facebook promotions. Coins can be converted into free game cards and real cash prizes on your account page.
In addition, there’s a VIP system which you’ll automatically join once you’ve deposited £500. To become a Gold or Platinum VIP, your total deposits need to reach £1,500 and £5,000 respectively, and the top level of VIP Elite is by invitation only.
The benefits include entry to VIP free rooms and VIP-only jackpot games, birthday bonuses, holiday gifts, and more.
Although Gossip Bingo is owned by United Bingo and operated by Cassava Enterprises, which run multiple online bingo sites between them, the joy of Gossip is that it features many unique promotions and standalone rooms while also benefiting from thrilling linked jackpot games. With some minor improvements to the banking methods and a few more bingo variants, we’re confident that Gossip could achieve a five-star rating.